Melissa Barcena

Melissa Barcena
Melissa Barcena is a Law Clerk at Northrup Schlueter APLC, where she focuses predominantly on litigation and arbitration in the field of construction insurance defense. She will receive her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law and a Masters in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute in May of 2013. Melissa has been published on the Pepperdine Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship, and the Law. Graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Ohio State University with a degree in English, her hobbies include hiking, running marathons throughout Southern California, and trying new restaurants.

Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation

Forgiveness is a word that has a variety of definitions, meanings, and connotations.  Depending on personal beliefs and values, forgiveness has different roles in peoples’ lives.  Therefore, when someone tells you they forgive you, there are a multitude of...

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A Role for Apology in Medical Malpractice

Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Beginning in childhood and continuing through adulthood, most people are taught that apologies are important.  Whether it is apologizing to a sibling for taking their toy, apologizing to a parent for breaking curfew, or...

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